FIRST Bus has been unveiled as the sponsor of this year’s Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre and have urged city residents to take advantage of a special offer for the event.
First is offering a £10 ticket which will allow five people to have unlimited travel all day on the Worcester network, including travel on the Park and Ride.
The fayre draws more than 150,000 people to Worcester across the four days, contributing an estimated £7million to the local economy each year.
This year’s event will run between Thursday, November 30 until Sunday, December 3 with nearly 200 stalls filling the city’s streets.
Visitors can enjoy a host of festive traditions such as roasted chestnuts and mulled wine and enjoy stepping back in time to how Christmas might have looked 150 years ago.
Seasonal stalls offering locally-sourced food, drink, crafts and gifts will be in place in High Street, Cathedral Square, Pump Street, New Street, Friar Street, Cornmarket and The Shambles.
There will also be a fantastic programme of entertainment, including Victorian characters, lofty entertainers on stilts, brilliant musicians and buskers on street corners.
First Bus will be operating its Park and Ride service (number 910) from County Hall to Crowngate bus station, on Friday from 5pm until 10pm; on Saturday from 8:35am until 6pm and on Sunday from 9.45am to 3.30pm.
To mark its sponsorship of the event First Bus will also be running a competition offering prizes of ten Worcester Network month tickets and will be having their own stall at the Fayre on the Saturday.
Mayor of Worcester, Coun Louis Stephen said: “I am delighted First Bus i sponsoring this year’s Victorian Fayre – it is one of the highlights of Worcester’s calendar and I’m very much looking forward to it.
“Whatever your age, it provides traditional festive fun – and a great chance to pick up locally-made Christmas gifts.”
Sarah Wallbridge, senior marketing manager with First Bus, said: “The Victorian Christmas Fayre is definitely one of the highlights in Worcester’s annual calendar, and we are absolutely delighted to be sponsoring it, and in turn continuing to make it one of the city’s most successful and hotly anticipated events.
“We’re looking forward to transporting lots of you to this year’s fayre and we will be having our own stall in the Cornmarket on December 2, so please come and visit the team for your chance to win some great prizes and pick up information on the local bus network too.”